During the event, a flag featuring the sentence “Muhammad (PBUH) and Ali (AS) Are Our role Model” was hoisted at one of the city’s main squares.
Hassan al-Jabbari, a senior official with the Astan (custodianship) of Imam Ali (AS) holy shrine, as well as senior clerics and figures of the city and a group of Popular Mobilization Units (PMU fighters attended the ceremony.
It began recitation of verses from the Holy Quran and also included Tawasheeh (religious singing) performances by a group affiliated to the Astan, Imam Ali (AS) network reported.
The ceremony is annually organized by the Astan on the auspicious occasion.
Shia Muslims and others celebrate the birth anniversary of Imam Ali (AS) on the 13th day of the lunar month of Rajab (which falls on February 4 this year).
Imam Ali (AS) was Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s highly revered son-in-law and cousin as well as the first Imam in Shia Islam.
The Imam is respected for his courage, knowledge, belief, honesty, unbending devotion to Islam, deep loyalty to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), equal treatment of all Muslims and generosity in forgiving his defeated enemies.